Going into the All Star Break the South Bend Cubs would prefer a better win-loss record but they certainly can’t complain about their attendance record thus far for the 2015 season. As of Sunday June 21st, the last day of the first half, 160,550 fans had attended South Bend Cubs games – up substantially from 2014’s 103,000. The baby Cubs have had 16 sellouts already this year, double last year’s 8, and have had 9 games with 7,000 plus fans. At this point in 2014, they had not had a single game of over 7,000 people. 2015 also gave the South Bend franchise their largest opening day crowd of 7,086 as well as their largest single game crowd of 8.004 on June 19th.
The baby Cubs have five players in the Midwest League All Star game tonight: Cael Brockmeyer, Charcer Burks, Gleyber Torres, Jeremy Null and James Farris.
- Cael Brockmeyer #9 (@BigBrock9) – South Bend’s catcher, first baseman and designated hitter started the year right with a walk off homer on opening night. Since then the 6′ 5″ righty has had an All Star quality season which correctly has him starting tonight in Peoria. The 23 year old from San Diego leads the team in OPS (.816), in doubles (15), home runs (5), total bases (96) and walks (27). He is second on the team in batting average (.292), hits (64) and RBI (33). Brockmeyer was a 16th round pick of the Cubs in 2013.
- Gleyber Torres #7 (@TorresGleyber) – South Bend’s youngest player (18 years old) leads the team in games played with 61. His 72 hits leads the team as does his 38 RBI and his .312 batting average. The shortstop is second in runs scored (31), total bases (90), walks (26) and stolen bases (10). In 2014, Torres played 43 games (as a 17 year old) in rookie ball before moving to Boise for 7 games. He won’t turn 19 until December.
- Charcer Burks #24 (@CharcerBurks) – South Bend’s lead off man leads the team in runs scored (33), at bats (234) and stolen bases (15). He is second in games played with 60 and third in hits with 63. Burks in only 20 years old. He was selected by the Cubs in the 9th round right out of high school. Originally from Texas, Burks played 31 games in rookie ball after being drafted in 2013. In 2014 he played 20 more games in rookie ball before being sent to Boise where he played 37 games for the Hawks.
All three position players are starting the All Star game for the Eastern Division team. South Bend’s pitchers are also represented with Jeremy Null starting the game and James Farris likely to see some action as a reliever.
- Jeremy Null #38 (@Nulldozer46) – the right handed starting pitcher from North Carolina was initially drafted by the Mariners in 2011 but instead attended Western Carolina University. The 6′ 7″, 21 year old was drafted again in 2014 by the Cubs in the 15th round. Null has started 12 games and his 65.2 innings leads the club. His record is 6-2 and his 48 strike outs lead the team. His ERA is currently 2.33. Null played 2 games in rookie ball last year as well as 5 games for the Boise Hawks.
- James Farris #26 (@farris_james)– the right handed reliever was also drafted twice – first by the Astros in 2013 and again by the Cubs in the 9th round of the 2014 amateur draft. The 23 year old, 6′ 2″ reliever leads the South Bend pitchers in games (21), saves (9) and games finished (19). Farris was also at Boise last year, playing 7 games for the Hawks.
I’m dragging my husband from South Bend to Peoria for the Midwest League All Star Game so I’ll share photos and highlights as soon as possible. Go Cubs Go!